ODE is an intimate and absurd performance about a woman who gets lost. Inspired by Karen’s grandmother’s experience with Alzheimers, ODE  attempts to remember someone who can no longer remember herself.

A tribute to the imagination and the vital place it holds for humour, fantasy and survival.


Concept: Karen Sibbing

Co-created by Samara Hersch and Karen Sibbing

Director: Samara Hersch

Performers: Karen Sibbing and Georgina Durham.

Sound Design and Composition: Joost van Dijk

Produced by Pietjan Dusee and Esther Bruls

Photo credit: Kim Pattiruhu

Partners: De NWE Vorst, Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Villanella, L’Avventura, The Book Kick.

ODE premiered at De NWE Vorst Theatre in Tilburg, Netherlands in March 2016.

Thanks to: Dance Brabant, Rudi Klumpkens, people of Theater De NWE Vorst and Yoni Prior.

Upcoming performances:

Love At First Sight Festival, Antwerp – September 16th 2017.

Book tickets here. 


” Karen Sibbing is just outstanding in her portrayal of a once able-bodied woman, who gradually deteriorates before our very eyes. This is very powerful theatre directed with great sensitivity and honesty.”  – Lisa Romeo, Stage Whispers 

“There is a curious air of eerie magic permeating through the piece. Sibbing’s performance is outstanding: brave and heart-clutching and luminous she embodies without reproach the volatile, vigorous, vulnerable part. – Vera Poh, Melbourne Arts Review